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Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 28, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the final week of May. This week's coverage of top innovation news includes developments from Bowery, Pepsico, TerViva, and Mitsui Chemicals.

Mapping the Quantum Computing Clouds

Our expert, Lewie Roberts analyzes the partnership activity in the quantum computing space. In this blog, he maps out the types of quantum computing hardware that users can access via the popular cloud platforms – AWS, Microsoft Azure, and IBM – as well as the major customers in each of these networks. 

Innovation Bottlenecks for Ubiquitous Consumer AR

The consumer AR market today remains largely in the confines of the mobile AR space, offering gaming and shopping experiences. Anything more immersive and captivating for consumers requires fully functioning, lightweight, comfortable AR glasses enabled by AR maps. Hardware and mapping requirements are the major bottlenecks to consumer AR that we will analyze in this blog.

News Trends: Renewables Continue to Diversify, Reaching New Markets, Applications, & Efficiency Limits

More than a year after the start of the global pandemic, we saw a 20% drop in oil demand, a 5% reduction in electricity consumption, and the largest year-over-year reduction in global CO2 emissions. However, through it all, the energy transition continued to move forward at an accelerated rate. In this blog, we analyze the activity over the past 12 months within a key topic, direct power generation.

Key Trends from Analyzing 282 AI Acquisitions in 2020

Lux Research has been performing quantitative analysis of the M&A activity in the AI space for the last five years. Starting last year, we began to incorporate larger data sources, enabling us to capture a more comprehensive landscape of M&A activity. In this blog, we outline five key trends we found from analyzing 282 AI acquisitions in 2020.

AI Chips in the Autonomous Vehicle Space

Before AVs can safely operate on public roads, regulators want the average frequency of failures be approximately 1,000× less than that of an average human driver. This will require further development of the underlying technology, which includes not only software model improvements but also improvement and scaling of the hardware that drives increasingly complex software. In this blog, we summarize some of the approaches to applying AI chips in autonomous vehicle applications.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 21, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the past week. This week's coverage of top innovation news includes developments from major players like Ford, Nio, Allbirds, Adidas, and Harvard.

 

News Trends: Supply Chain Security & Manufacturing Expansions Define a Tumultuous Year in Energy Storage

Almost 12 months after the start of the global pandemic, we witnessed a 20% drop in oil demand, a 5% reduction in electricity consumption, and the largest year-over-year reduction in global CO2 emissions. However, through it all, the energy transition continued to move forward at an accelerated rate. Using our news commentary feature, we have been tracking key developments in the energy industry over the past year, covering nearly 650 individual developments across more than 10 of our major topic areas.

Understanding the Impact of Mass Balance Approaches on Pyrolysis Yield

Mass balance approaches are one of the emerging regulatory schemes designed to tackle the issue of accounting for thermal recycling approaches. In mass balance approaches, the post-consumer waste and/or biomass inputs are physically mixed with conventional fossil oil or gas. However, the recycled or bio-based content can be attributed only to chosen portions of the overall output from the process.

Why Recycling Credits are a Better Solution Than Mass Balance Approaches

The current regulatory systems surrounding plastics waste aren't designed to manage the complexity of emerging advanced recycling and bio-based plastic systems. In this blog, our Research Director, Anthony Schiavo, breaks down the pros and cons of mass balance and recycling credit approaches to determine which one is a better fit for solving the issues of plastic waste.

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